The Great Siege of Gibraltar was a decisive event in the long struggle between Britain and France – supported by Spain – for global supremacy in the 18th century. France and Spain took advantage of the American War of Independence to besiege the ‘Rock’ – Britain’s great strategic Mediterranean stronghold. The British garrison under General Augustus Elliott, held out for more than three years – repulsing a full-scale assault by 10,000 men backed by floating gun batteries, in September 1782 before the siege was finally lifted the following February. This contemporary book gives a full description of the siege; the names of officers involved on land and sea; together with descriptions of the artillery ordnance. It is illustrated by a map of the Rock and a picture of Spanish galley, together making up ‘A clear description of the importance of this valuable fortress to Great Britain’.
AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF GIBRALTAR And the Progress of the Siege, 1782
Contemporary account by a Gibraltar gentleman of the great siege of the Rock by France and Spain, which was successfully resisted by the British garrison for more than three years (1779-1783).